A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Meant to entertain, not educate.
The series touches on themes of friendship and loyalty, as the three main characters -- Mowgli, Baloo, and Bagheera -- protect and support each other.
Positive Role Models
Baloo and Bagheera are very protective of Mowgli and are very patient with him as they teach him the laws of the jungle. Mowgli himself is very loyal and protective of his friends. He's also very resourceful as he figures out ways to save himself from Shere Khan using the objects and sometimes animals he finds in the jungle.
Violence & Scariness
The plot of most episodes revolves around Shere Khan's obsession with killing Mowgli. There's some bloodless cartoon violence as Shere Khan tries to inflict harm on Mowgli or when Mowgli is defending himself. Some dangerous stunts -- like waving a burning flag or jumping off a cliff.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Jungle Book is a CGI series that incorporates all of the memorable characters from Rudyard Kipling's stories and the 1967 Disney movie. There's some scariness, as tiger Shere Khan is constantly plotting to kill Mowgli and occasionally fighting with Baloo and Bagheera. Mowgli and his friends also sometimes perform dangerous stunts to protect themselves, such as waving a flaming branch or jumping off a bee-filled cliff. Mowgli and his animal friends are very loyal to one another and band together to fight common foes and solve problems.
Is It Any Good?
Most episodes of The Jungle Book involve Shere Khan stalking or plotting against Mowgli and end with Mowgli figuring out a way to defend himself, administering some sort of retribution against the hapless tiger or getting saved by his friends. Additionally, Baloo is often shown attempting to provide Mowgli with some lessons regarding the jungle, but most are either completely disregarded or irrelevant to the episode at hand, leaving the impression that Mowgli isn't really learning anything about the jungle at all.
The show's formulaic structure might make for comfort viewing for kids, but the series doesn't offer much substance beyond that. More sophisticated viewers won't find enough here to keep them interested. With so many options out there, kids can find better ways to spend their cartoon time.
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